By Jim Fair

The Holy Father has appointed as apostolic nuncio in Burkina Faso Irish Msgr. Michael Francis Crotty, nunciature counselor, at the same time elevating him to the titular see of Lindisfarne, with the dignity of archbishop.

“I welcome the appointment of Monsignor Michael F Crotty of the Diocese of Cloyne to the position as Papal Nuncio of Burkina Faso,” said Bishop William Crean of the Diocese of Cloyne. “This is a great personal honor for Monsignor Michael as it is for his family and the Diocese of Cloyne. His experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See means that he brings many gifts to bear on his new mission in Burkina Faso. We pray God’s blessing on his work in the service of the Holy See and the Church universal.”

Archbishop-elect Michael Francis Crotty

The Most Reverend Michael Francis Crotty was born in Mallow, Ireland, on March 26, 1970.

He was ordained a priest on July 3, 1994, and incardinated in Cloyne.

He has a degree in ecclesiastical history and a licentiate in canon law.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on July 1, 2001, and subsequently worked in the Pontifical Representations in Kenya, Canada, Iraq, and Jordan, in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State, and in Spain.

He is fluent in Irish, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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